Real fires are comforting, but wildly inefficient

New building regulations introduced in 2014 have effectively banned the open fire from newly built homes in an attempt to comply with European Union e(...)

Leona Maguire of Slieve Russell poses with the trophy following her victory at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship in June. Photograph: Richard Martin-Roberts/R&A/R&A via Getty Images

It’s best to compartmentalise Leona Maguire’s amateur golf career into manageable chunks because when viewed in its entirety it represents a hefty tom(...)

Prof Abhay Pandit says seeing his grandfather in India  confined to bed and developing bedsores sparked his interest in the area.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/ xposure

Prof Abhay Pandit is scientific director of the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) and Professor in Biomaterials at NUI Galway You are in(...)

Police officers stand in front of an East Baton Rouge police car with bullet holes as it is towed away from the scene where three police officers were killed. Photograph: Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The gunman who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday was a former US Marine sergeant who served in Iraq and made the dean(...)

‘Petra is a massive site, and we chose the name for our article (‘Hiding in plain sight’) precisely because, even though this is less than a kilometre south of the main city, previous surveys had missed it,’ said a co-author of the paper which details the discovery. Photograph: Getty Images

Archaeologists have found a monumental structure buried under the sands of Petra, according to a new study that drew on satellite imagery to scan the (...)

Eat less and live longer is the simple message from professor of biology and biogerontologist Prof Steven Austad. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Eat less and live longer is the simple message from an expert in the natural process of ageing. His advice has nothing to do with dieting, it is resea(...)

Harper Lee in a local courthouse while visting her home town of Monroeville in 1961. Photograph: Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

Harper Lee, who has died aged 89, was the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Her story of race relations and injustice set in the American south in th(...)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, in a  courthouse in her hometown. File photograph: Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

This time last year news editors and literary journalists were intent on sourcing advance copies of the rejected first novel from which Harper Lee sha(...)

Stephanie Meadow smiles  on the second hole during the third round of the 69th US Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, North Carolina. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

On the third Sunday in June, history was made. As Martin Kaymer’s coronation as the new US Open champion was played out with all the assuredness of G(...)

Ireland’s  Stephanie Meadow celebrates  her birdie on the 18th green as she finished third at the   US Women’s Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Stephanie Meadow’s stunning debut third in the professional ranks at the Women’s US Open may surprise many but those who have followed her career c(...)

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